Wilfrid Macena and other members of a Haitian amputee soccer team present Pope Francis with a soccer jersey on Jan. 12, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson stands to Mr. Macena’s left.
They were on hand for a Vatican meeting convened by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” and the Pontifical Council for Latin America to mark the anniversary of the earthquake. Among those present were representatives of the Holy See, bishops and Episcopal conferences, as well as charitable and religious organizations.
The two day conference, entitled "The Communion of the Church: Memory and Hope for Haiti, 5 Years After the Earthquake” sought to place a spotlight on continuing reconstruction efforts on the island.
Since the earthquake, the Knights of Columbus has had a program that has helped more than 1,000 people, mostly young people, become mobile again after needing amputations.
The program, Healing Haiti's Children, a partnership with Project Medishare, provides Haitians who have had limbs amputated as the result of injuries sustained in the January 2010 earthquake with prosthetic limbs free of charge.
Jointly with Project Medishare, the Knights sponsored the team in an East Coast tour in 2011.